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Merlin East Africa Field Officer – Clinical Support Job Vacancy (Ksh 37,400 - 41,234)

Position: Field Officer – Clinical Support

Assigned Project: HIV/AIDS/TB Project

Program Area: Greater Kisii Districts, Kenya

Responsible To: Project Health Coordinator

Staff Directly Supervised: None

Relationships Internally: All Management and Staff

Relationships Externally: Governmental and non governmental counterparts Community Members /organisation

Gross Salary: Between Ksh 37,400 and Ksh.41,234 depending on the relevant experience

Overall Objective of the Position

The overall objective of the position of Field Officer- Clinical Support is to ensure that all Merlin supported project sites offer high quality and comprehensive HIV/ AIDS/ TB care and treatment services to all patients. In playing this role, the position holder is expected to closely collaborate with the MoH and other implementing partners.

  • Plan and organise regular supportive supervision and capacity building activities to the staff working in Merlin supported health facilities offering HIV/AIDS treatment and care services, ensuring that service delivery is consistent with relevant national guidelines and standards.
  • Identify technical and infrastructural needs of Merlin Project ART sites and facilitate provision of necessary support in a timely manner in liaison with the PHC and relevant DHMTs.
  • On an ongoing basis and in liaison with the relevant MOH counterparts, assess the needs and potential for scale up of HIV/TB care and treatment services to improve accessibility of the services to the community and to facilitate decentralisation of care and treatment services to level as close as possible to beneficiaries.
  • In liaison with the MOH counterparts, ensure effective functioning of the referral systems between health service delivery points (e.g. PSCs, TB, STI, HBC and PMTCT) to ensure that patients receive a comprehensive care package.
  • Continuously assess capacity gaps among service providers and offer training and mentorship.
  • Support DHMTs to improve on their HMIS for effective monitoring and evaluation of the programs performance.
  • In close coordination with the PHC and other Technical Field Officers, develop monthly work plans and translate these into weekly and daily activity plans.
  • Participate in the organization and facilitation of information sharing forums with stakeholders, PSC staff, DHMT and others.
  • In liaison with Field Officer- Pharmacy and the relevant MoH personnel, ensure consistent availability of essential medical and non-medical supplies and oversee their proper utilization in all supported sites.
  • In liaison with the IEC/SBCC team strengthen community linkage and participation in the project activities including reducing HIV/AIDS/TB stigma and enhancing demand for services.
  • Promote Greater Involvement of People with AIDS (GIPA) in the implementation of Merlin supported activities to increase accessibility and advocate for gender mainstreaming in all aspects of the project.
  • Represent Merlin in various forums as requested and/or approved by the line Manager.
  • Write high quality reports of all field activities undertaken and submit to supervisor in a timely manner.
Personal/Professional Requirements

  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine from a recognised institution with at least three years post qualification experience.
  • Must have training in HIVAIDS/TB adult and paediatric.
  • A minimum of two years experience in HIV/AIDS treatment and care services set up in a busy MoH facility or NGO
  • Experience in support supervision, mentoring and report writing is an added advantage
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, with good spoken and written English.
  • Good computer skills to allow reporting and representation.
  • Experience in MoH HMIS data collection and reporting tools.
Interested candidates meeting the above qualifications should send their applications and CV including telephone contact to the address below by latest 22nd October 2010.

The Human Resource Officer
P.O Box 44 – 40200


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